Grist List

These tiny plants can live for 300 years with the help of their friends the ants

The herb Borderea chouardii is like the Disney heroine of plants

Living

Your CD collection is greener than Spotify

A new report crunched the numbers on your Spotify habit and concluded that it's terrible for energy consumption.

Food

Chinese McDonald’s selling a very chic, weird, possibly political black/white burger combo

These black and white burgers might have a political message, which seems like a really cumbersome way to communicate.

New species of monkey can see into your very soul

The lesula is a new species of monkey, and he knows your pain. Just let him gaze at you.

See-through frog could revolutionize biology class

Man, how much easier would high school biology have been with the glassfrog? Instead of having to dissect a dead animal, you could have just peered through its naturally transparent belly. It’s quicker, cleaner, and …

These guys made $2 million last year selling chicken diapers (and other stuff)

The founders of My Pet Chicken did not plan on starting a gigantic business. They didn't know what a chicken-obsessed nation we were about to become.

Cities

New walkability scoring site factors in safety, attractiveness, and hills

Walk Score is a wonderful thing, but it is not perfect. Therefore, it now has some competitors. The newest would-be Walk Score killer is Walkonomics, a site that tells you more than just how close …

Living

$50 solar-powered water purifier is so green it’s like a joke

This invention is like a parody of a green technology: It’s solar-powered, it reduces pollution, and it provides clean water. All at once!! But we have to admit, it looks pretty useful and is actually …

How sea otters are saving the oceans

Sea otters are not only cute, they are important to the health of the ocean. This is how it works: When there are too many sea urchins, there is not enough kelp. When there is not enough …

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